KOKRAJHAR, Aug 7 � Additional forces have been rushed to Kokrajhar district following fresh reports of violence.
Talking to The Assam Tribune, Kokrajhar SP, Sunil Kumar said that a group of armed unidentified miscreants fired from AK series rifles indiscriminately at Ranighuli village under Kokrajhar Police Station, bordering Kokrajhar and Dhubri districts, killing three villagers on the spot and two others severely injuries.
A little distance away, a police picket retaliated to the gun fire shot from a nearby area but the miscreants fled away from the spot taking advantage of darkness. The injured persons have been hospitalised.
Later, a large number of minority people blocked the National Highway at Beltoli near Bilasipara for several hours with the three dead bodies of the persons killed in the firing demanding immediate police action against the culprits.
Police, who immediately rushed to the spot, initially failed to clear the highway. They later fired several rounds in the air to disperse the mob during which two persons received bullet injuries.
Following the incident, the Kokrajhar district administration re-imposed curfew for an indefinite period. The curfew was extended to Chapar and Bilashipara areas adjoining Kokrajhar district.
Meanwhile, Jayanta Narlikar, Deputy Commissioner of Kokrajhar informed The Assam Tribune that the rehabilitation process, which was running smoothly, received a setback due to the further breakout of fresh violence. He also said that people, who were willing to go back to their villages, are now having a fresh thought.
Narlikar added that adequate importance is being given to health care, distribution of relief materials and security at the relief camps.
Our Bongaigaon Correspondent adds: Chirang district, which is under indefinite curfew, remained more or less normal today except for a little tension at Amguri Bazar following the recovery of a dead body of a 45-year-old person, who was an inmate of a relief camp at Amguri HS School. Sources said that the deceased had gone to his paddy field at Rajpara from the camp on Monday noon.
Moreover, a sick woman inmate of Hapachara relief camp, identified as Rashida Khatun (27), died this afternoon in the camp.
The district administration has, meanwhile, temporarily relaxed curfew for four hours from 12 noon today.
The resolution also held the government responsible for the clashes in BTAD and appealed to all political parties not to politicise the incident.
Chirang DC, Puru Gupta told The Assam Tribune that the situation was normal today and security has been stepped up to check all sorts of violence in the district. Besides, sensitive and vulnerable places in the district are kept under strong security vigil, the DC added.